Tuna Salad Cucumber Boats are fun and delicious way to eat tuna salad! Serve these open-faced cucumber “sandwiches” as a snack or a healthy lightened up lunch! They’re easy to make and easier to customize with your favorite veggies and toppings.
These cool cucumber boats pretty. much check all the boxes.
They’re paleo, keto, low-carb, whole30, pescatarian, dairy-free, gluten-free, grain-free, and crazy easy to whip up as part of your make-ahead meal prep shenanigans.
Serve them up as a protein-packed after school snack or throw them together for grab and go lunches for work or school!
Ready to ditch the bread and cucumber it up? Snag the recipe below!
tuna salad cucumber boats
The recipe below makes about 2 cups of veggie-loaded tuna salad. This should be enough for 8 cucumber boats! Feel free to double the measurements if you need a little extra or halve it if you only need 4!
Tuna Salad Cucumber Boats
Tuna Salad Cucumber Boats are fun and delicious way to eat tuna salad! Serve these open-faced cucumber "sandwiches" as a snack or a healthy lightened up lunch! They’re easy to make and easier to customize with your favorite veggies and toppings.
- 2 cans water-packed chunk light or albacore tuna (10 oz total)
- 1/2 cup chopped celery
- 1/4 cup chopped carrot
- 2-4 TBSP chopped kosher dill pickle
- 2-3 TBSP red onion (optional)
- 1/4 cup homemade or store-bought mayo
- 1-2 tsp yellow mustard
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 2 English cucumbers
- Combine tuna with celery, carrot, pickle, onion, mayo, yellow mustard, salt, and pepper. If you have a go-to tuna salad recipe as well, feel free to use it here! Adjust to taste and feel free to add extra of your favorites mix-ins.
- Slice off the ends of your English cucumbers (also sometimes called hothouse cucumbers) and slice the cucumber in half vertically, then in half horizontally. Run a mellon baller or spoon along the center to scoop out the seeds and make some space for your tuna salad.
- Pile on the tuna salad and dig in!
- Feel free to garnish with a little dill if desired. It makes a great topping!
Both albacore and chunk light tuna work great here! Use your favorite. Be sure to grab the kind packed in water and drain well.
A mellon baller totally comes in handy here so, if you haven't invested in one yet, totally pick one up!
For an optional garnish, grab some fresh or dried dill!
If you get a chance to try these tasty tuna salad cucumber boats, let me know! Leave some love in the comment form below or tag your photos with @peasandcrayons on Instagram so I can happy dance over your creation!
how do you make cucumber boats?
It’s easy! First grab an English cucumber. Slice off the ends and slice cucumber in half vertically, then in half horizontally. Run a mellon baller or spoon along the center to scoop out the seeds and make some space for your tuna salad. Pile on the tuna salad and dig in!
These tuna salad cucumber boats are super versatile! You an even choose different fillings in place of the tuna! I’m a big fan of filling them with hummus and my Garden Fresh Mediterranean Bruschetta!
I also love turning my sushi Cucumber Rolls into cucumber boats for easy peasy rice-free sushi. The combinations are truly endless. Have fun with it!
special diets and swaps
These scrumptious cucumber boats can be made with any variety of tuna salad, chicken salad, turkey salad, or even my beloved chickpea salad filling! YUM!
need more make-ahead lunch ideas?
- Healthy Chicken Shawarma Quinoa Bowls
- Cranberry Pecan Chickpea Salad Sandwich with Healthy Kale Salad
- Garden Veggie Chickpea Sandwiches
- Greek Orzo Salad